What’s the right way to prepare soil before laying sod?
When you prepare soil for a lawn, your main goal is to provide a good environment for developing deep-rooted grass plants. The faster and deeper the roots can grow, the better your chance of success with the sod. Roots grow best in a loose organic soil that’s evenly moist but not soaking wet. You’ll need to loosen the soil as deeply as possible, add organic matter such as compost, possibly add amendments such as lime or fertilizer, then smooth the soil and rake the surface to a fine texture. The proportions of organic matter and amendments depend on the native soil, so run a soil test and work according to the results.